Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,451
Hads: 6,612
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 368
Gots: 1,204 | FT: 26
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Photo of mbrown26
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer.

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Photo of Nuke77
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, crisp mouthfeel. Near black color in the glass with a tan head. The aromas consists of rich coffee. Lighter in body than it's color or aroma suggest this is a very smooth drinker. This compares favorable in enjoyability with the more limited available Breakfast Stout. Excellent pour. This one is a true keeper.

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Photo of hike20
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head the disappears really quick. Aroma is coffee and vanilla with a little earthiness. Wow, the flavor is very intense and well balanced. Very enjoyable. I get coffee, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a citrus and a little bitter in the finish. I agree with others that this is more like a top notch stout than most porters I've had, but definitely enjoyable in it's own right.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go

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Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome!

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Photo of getgetgettleman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/4/11
Received this fine 12 oz. bottle from my friend Kaman in a mixed 6 beer swap.

A = Dark brown color with a slight reddish hue in full light. 2 finger head. Mild liquor like lace.

S = Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla cream.

T = Good carbonation. Mild smoke, coffee, and molasses. Clean but not too earthy. Malt like qualties without being overpowering.

M = Tingly and energetic on the tongue at first taste. Dry bitter finish. Semi pithy but pleasing.

D = Great drinker! A real "guys" porter for the refined working man. Dieing to try this on tap!

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +9%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters.

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Photo of Lordhelmit
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Just about jet black. Poured looking like oil or syrup. Thin, non-persistent dark tan head and quickly fading lace

S - Sweet and roasted nut. Maybe some spice somewhere in there. Some coffee notes as well.

T - Pretty good. Taste like a good dark chocolate mixed with roasted...something. I don't want to say roasted nut again but pretty much. Starts off as a burst of dark chocolate and finishes nice and bitter. Burnt dark chocolate is the best way I can describe it.

M - Not much to say. Medium bodied, average carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

O - Overall this is a good porter. A tad bit too bitter for my liking, but still real good. Reminds me very much of Guinness Extra Stout.

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Photo of ufellc
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good chocolate and coffee smell and taste. Nice maltiness that accompanies the chocolate and coffee. Good but not too heavy mouthfeel that gives back note chocolates. Chocolate is in the forefront and backend tastes. Good sweetness and little bitterness

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black in color. One finger caramel-colored head (vanished quickly/poured from a bottle) Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. zero lacing

Smell: Rich mocha and chocloate.

Taste: Mocha and chocolate...a little caramel

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. Good carbonation

Overall: Mmmmm...a good Porter that I would buy regularly. The smell alone gets me.

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Photo of jdskinns
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in a bottle. Poured a dark brown/black color with no light coming through and a brown head. Smelled and tasted of heavy roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Kind of a thick mouthfeel but very pleasant. This beer has definitely got me re-trying a lot of porters right now.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Founders Porter ABV: 6.5

A: Pours a black coffee fluid with a tan head. The head of the beer takes up most of the glass and you have to wait a little bit for it to fall. Looks very appealing and after about 5-10 minutes it falls to a half inch head.

S: The smell is very malty with almost a coffee hint. Also, has kind of a sweet smell that lingers in the nose along with the other smells.

T: Taste like coffee beans, chocolate, and malts. leaves a bitter taste on the tongue along with the chocolate flavor.

M-D: the fluid in the mouth turns to foam almost instantly. However, it does go down the palate rather smoothly. Very thick consistency. Will have again, but I would have to have it with Wesbrownyeah.

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Photo of tgorgz
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P/A: On draft at Fuel & Fuddle in Pittsburgh, PA.
Very dark chocolate- think 80%, with a milk chocolate head.

S: Good amount of coffee. Not as much chocolate as expected.

T: It kind of seemed to run together a little. More coffee than anything else.

M: Think, chewy, excellence.

O: Well done, folks. Not my fave from Founder's, but an excellent beer.

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Photo of tylernim
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark and foreboding. Tan head about two fingers tall, webs the entire glass as you go.

S - Huge burnt chocolate notes hit you right away.

T - Follows the smell, although a bit more subdued. Chocolate, coffee, burnt malts.

M - Carbonation on the tongue. Medium.

D - Good for such a dark one.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this fresh porter into my snifter and it yeilded about 2" of nice tan froath over a dark looking brew. lots of lace

smell hits me with roasted coffee notes and chocolate malts.

Taste follows with the roasted coffee/choc and hits with a nice hop bite in the middle somewhere, finishing up with more burnt and roasted charactoristics.

Quite a light bodied beer for all the flavor and ABV it is packin', at least in my opinion.

Overall I'm glad a grabed this random 6'er to pair with the porkchops going on the grill shortly. I knew it has a good reputation and Im backing that up.

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Photo of AllFineThings
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin caramelized looking head. Has a heavy smell of toffee, chocolate and coffee.

Tastes better and better as it warms, thick black body that let's you know this a real porter. The taste is the same as the smell.

By far my favorite porter and second favorite beer overall.

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Photo of SFrankBrew
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, cream. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a very good brew.

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Photo of luciusgilmer
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a bottle into a tulip glass; disappointed by the lack of head and generally uniform color

S: decent smell, a coffee or chocolate laced porter

T: tasted a bit thick, like unsweetened chocolate or bitter coffee, but I didn't think it was very subtle.

M: not much carbonation (maybe an older bottle?), but fine

D: I drink porter regularly, but this wouldn't be my first or 2nd choice. It's a quality beer, like all Founder's I've had, but not top notch compared to others, and it didn't make me want to grab another.

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Photo of Brouwerij78
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes, I am a bit biased toward a thick heady porter, but I digress from my point. This porter has it all...a bit sweet, a bit rich, a bit chocolatey, a bit coffee laden and a lot delicious. It pours smoothly from the tap and settles a little like a Guinness in your pint glass. On the inhale, the sweet and rich aroma gets your palate prepared for a nice sip of an almost a coffee ice cream milk shake-like goodness. This would go nicely with a hefty gourmet burger or even an acid cigar (perhaps the Kub Kuba for good measure?). Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brewsky29
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours pitch black almost like thin motor oil in a good way with quarter inch of tan head with plenty of lacing.

Smells of roasted malts slightly smokey.

Taste is similar to the nose malty roast smokey and sweet with minor hop bitterness.

This beer feels thick with very little carbonation, but it is very smooth.

Overall I really like this porter, it was part of a sample case, and would get this beer again.

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Photo of cleve00
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a Stout, and RIS lover, butI am liking Porters more and more!

Appearance- black pour little to no head.

Smell-medium roasted coffee no off putting odor. Inviting.

Taste- Medium overall coffee up front hints chocolate. Pleasant malted finish not too heavy, dry.

Mouthfeel- Ample bodied. Carbonation is low. Rich and creamy, i am loving American Porters More and More did I mention that?...yes!

Overall- I enjoyed this Porter very much I cant wait to try more of Founders Stouts and Imperial Stouts. I hope I stumble on to one of their limited suppy. Thanks Founders, you are on my short list.:)

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Photo of Or80rowley
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark, almost opaque, thin mocha colored head

S. Delightful, sweet light roasted coffee, dark chocolate

T. Taste is slightly bitter coco, coffee, very nice balance between the two, into roasted earthy tones

M. It is smooth & creamy, medium mouth coat, fairly dry finish, nice grain aftertaste

O. Between this one & black butte porter, I can't choose, but both my favorite porter, must try!

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Photo of Knilas
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour from a 12 oz bottle. Not much head. Aromas are muted. Bitter molasses on the tongue. Full body, yet medium mouth feel. Overall, a mid range Porter.

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just excellent in every way especially the nose after the glass was empty. Just could not believe the wonderful balance of hops and roast grains. Excellent!!!

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
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